Fiction and Nonfiction set in Venice, Italy.
- The Marriage of the Sea
Author: Alison, Jane
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux $ 24 ISBN: 0374199418 Date: 2003
As alluring as The Love-Artist, this is a contemporary tale of love and ambition, betrayal and revenge, set in two gloriously watery cities.
- Lucifer's Shadow
Author: Hewson, David
Publisher: Delacorte $ 21.95 ISBN: 0385337949 Date: 2004
When Daniel Forster, a young Englishman, arrives in Venice, he is soon drawn into a treacherous game of deception spanning three centuries, from the Venice of Vivaldi and Rousseau to the violence of the present day.
Suggested Reading: Music and Fiction
- The Floating Book: A Novel of Venice
Author: Lovric, Michelle
Publisher: Regan $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060578564 Date: 2003
This ravishing historical novel is set in the alleys and canals of 15th-century Venice as the revolution of movable type captivates--and terrifies--the city.
Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
- The Remedy
Author: Lovric, Michelle
Publisher: Regan $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060837039 Date: 2006
Love and murder fuse the lives of an 18th-century Venetian actress and the prince of London's medical underworld in the new novel by the author of the Booksense Top Ten pick The Floating Book.
- Loredana: A Venetian Tale
Author: Martines, Lauro
Publisher: Thomas Dunne $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312347510 Date: 2005
A riveting novel of politics and passion, love and lust in sixteenth-century Venice -- the story of two lovers caught up in a dangerous revolutionary movement -- written by a distinguished historian of the Italian Renaissance.
- Painted Veil
Author: Myers, Beverle Graves
Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 1590581407 Date: 2005
It's Venice, 1734--after being demoted to secondary roles due to neglecting his vocal practice in favor of dubious pleasures, castrato soprano Tito Amato jumps at the chance to reclaim his status by solving a murder case that threatens to close the opera house.
Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction Stars
- Venetian Stories
Author: Rylands, Jane Turner
Publisher: Pantheon $ 22 ISBN: 0375422323 Date: 2003
Twelve wry and enthralling stories evoke the hidden life of one of Europe's most mysterious and unknowable cities.
- Miss Garnet's
Author: Vickers, Salley
Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 25 ISBN: 0786708239 Date: 2001
Stories magically unfold within this novel's tale of Miss Julia Garnet, a schoolteacher who decides, after the death of her longtime friend Harriet, to take an apartment for six months in Venice. Overwhelmed by the beauty of the city and its magnificent art, Miss Garnet's English reserve begins to melt away. For the first time in her life she falls in love and her once ordinary world is further transformed.
Suggested Reading: Reading Group Stars
- Vaporetto13 by Robert Girardi
- The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
- Perfect Happiness by Penelope Lively
- Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
- Consuela: A Romance of Venice by George Sand
- The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
Mystery & Suspense
- Uniform Justice
Author: Leon, Donna
Publisher: Atlantic $ 24 ISBN: 0871139030 Date: 2003
Leon is the internationally bestselling novelist whose ever adroit, big-hearted Venetian detective Commissario Guido Brunetti has captivated fans throughout the world. As Uniform Justice opens, Brunetti is called to investigate a parent's worst nightmare: a young cadet has been found hanged, a presumed suicide, in Venice's elite military academy. Part of an ongoing series.
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- The Last Gondola
Author: Sklepowich, Edward
Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312290497 Date: 2002
The Last Gondola brings back Urbino Macintyre, American expatriate writer, and his good friend, the Contessa da Capo-Zendrini, in another classic mystery set in the Venice of the wealthy international set amid the artists, authors, and patrons of their arts. Part of an ongoing series.
- The City of Falling Angels
Author: Berendt, John
Publisher: Penguin $ 25.95 ISBN: 1594200580 Date: 2005
The author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil returns after a decade to offer, in his inimitable style, an intimate look at the "magic, mystery, and decadence" of the city of Venice and its inhabitants.
Suggested Reading: Travel Tales
- Paradise of Cities: Venice in the 19th Century
Author: Norwich, John Julius
Publisher: Doubleday $ 32.50 ISBN: 0385509049
The greatest living chronicler of Venetian history brings to life the city's magical charm in a beautifully illustrated and captivating book. - Publisher Marketing.
- A Venetian Affair
Author: Di Robilant, Andrea
Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 037541181x Date: 2003
In this Romeo-and-Juliet tale of illicit love, a discovery of a box of 18th-century love letters leads to this true story of Andrea Memmo, a great Venetian statesman, and a beautiful half-English girl named Giustiniana Wynne.
- Venetian Dreaming
Author: Weideger, Paula
Publisher: Pocket $ 26 ISBN: 0671047299 Date: 2002
Readers can explore the sights, sounds, and magic of Venice through the eyes of a renowned author's beautifully written work--in the tradition of Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence and Adam Gopnik's Paris to the Moon.
Annotated lists of books receiving at least one starred review from one of four major review sources: Booklist, Kirkus, LJ and PW.